Originally posted by incrediblelousminds
reply to post by jamesthegreat
So, from your perspective, short term financial gains are more important than long term environmental (and therfore economic) sustainability. It's an
understandable perspective. After all, it's hard for the average 'worker' to grasp issues far larger than their own individual lives.
Nonetheless, avoiding addressing problems with pollution because 'jobs' are connected to industry is certainly short sighted,because employment is
never as preferable as potable drinking water and breathable air. In fact, most people gain employment so that they can afford clean food, land, and
air. IF there is none to be had, what's the point of the job in the first place?
Well as an average worker I am certainly glad that there are the elite such as yourself to make such informed desicions for the rest of us. Far be it
for the rest of us to have an opinion or question what is being done to our country.
I humbly sit back and take my medicine from an academic such as yourself.
Even though I may not be as smart as you think you are, I have a very good understanding of the carbon tax. You
seem to be referring to the coal sector quite a bit, do you think that is the only industry affected?
Now don't get me wrong, I am all for less pollution, but another tax? As if the cost of living isn't high enough. I know coal is not a sustainable
resource, blind Freddy could work that out. Obviously future coal related industries will be non existent, but during that phase out, other
industries will naturally start up to fill that void.
There needs to be a balance between the economic and environmental future of Australia, and I don't see this as it. With the instability of the
worlds economy (excepting it seems China), would it really be wise to impose an extra cost to businesses which then ultimately gets passed down to us,
the consumer. I'm not saying do nothing. Start implementing change to the legislation to make industry lower there emissions, but have it phased In
over a realistic time frame. Still regulate the industry emissions through the EPA, and fine them if they don't abide by their alloted emission
amount. Charging them for each ton they produce is just a money grab. Of course industry pollutes, I'm sure there are some that don't, which no
doubt you would be more than happy to inform me of, but there are none which affects all of us the way that the major polluters do.
All I say is, put it to a vote and we'll let Australia decide.
Oh just heard on Ten News that the government is spending 12million on a ad campain to promote the carbon tax. I wonder where the money for that is
going to come from?
Just as you do, I also believe clean food,air and water is important. But so too is money. I don't know about you, but I can't survive on love
alone. The dole check will only get you so far.
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